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COURTESY OF MICHAEL KOWOLIK

Michael Kowolik
was invited to give
a speech at the
Jordan University
of Science and
Technology in
spring 2014 in
the city of Irbid,
Jordan. Here, he is
shown with dental
students from
that university-
all of them are
Jordanian, except
one from Somalia.

ALL
SMI
LES

of them really understood what it meant, though. Many
had volunteered as undergraduates, but not in a healthcare program-they were more general relief programs or
missions. They wanted to have that experience in dental
school as well. The experience is very different, and I don't
know that any of them really anticipated that difference."
Jacyn Stultz, dental hygiene department chair at
Mount Ida College in Boston, took a group of five hygienist students to Ecuador earlier this year for the first
time. Ecuador has no such thing as a hygienist, and this
was the first visit of its kind. Stultz and her students
knew very little about what they were going to face when
they arrived, but she says it was an amazing experience
for everyone.
"It was very humbling and very rewarding," she says.
"They emailed me afterwards and said they all want to go
back. They all want to try and return there to do more."
Stultz's students stayed in a private home and spent
time teaching young mothers how to care for their babies' teeth, working with senior citizens on basic dental
care, and visiting schools to distribute toothbrushes and
toothpaste and talk about dental hygiene.
"Six out of 10 mothers there are teenagers," Stultz says.
"The teen mothers brought their babies in and let us look
in the babies' mouths so we could teach them how to take
care of the baby teeth. After awhile, one by one, the mothers let us look in their [own] mouths-they had never had

anyone look at their teeth before. They had abscesses and
broken teeth, and they were nursing babies."
"We were going from 7 in the morning until 7 at night,"
she says of the trip. "We had a cultural lecture and Spanish
class every day as well. It was exhausting." But they also fit
in some sightseeing and other activities, and she says the
experience was educational to say the least.
"This kind of experience offers a great appreciation for
cultural diversity," she says. "It lets students look at oral health
in a global manner and see how it affects a culture. In some
countries, they don't teach preventive dentistry because they
think it'll take away from their job. They don't understand
that it would enhance their job and make their job stronger.
And even in a poor country, preventive dentistry can be
pretty cost-effective. That knowledge isn't out there."
For their part, she says, students proved to be troopers.
"As far as really knowing what kinds of settings we were
walking into and what it would be like, this was a true adventure," she says. "It was an adventure, and the students
were willing to go for it. They were really great. We had to
dive in headfirst, and they were prepared for that. It was
a life-altering experience-the experience of a lifetime."
And, she says, it was an experience that might change
the way some of her students go on to work.
"This will, I hope, make them better professionals," she
says. "It's not just church groups doing these trips anymore. This is increasingly part of business."
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